Heading to court for many family law litigants is a scary process; a trip many litigants will try and avoid all together during their family law matter. Indeed, courtroom proceedings are unpredictable and can become costly with attorneys and witnesses present, too. Litigants often wonder if the judge will be in a good mood, whether the judge reviewed the pleadings, … Continued
As divorce lawyers, we understand that divorce is fundamentally about change and an essential element of our jobs is guiding our clients through that change. New family structure. New bank accounts. New furniture. New schedules. A new normal. Each year family law lawyers are tasked with the additional job of learning and understanding the new laws, statutes and case holdings … Continued
Prior to marriage, many couples believe that, in accordance with religious traditions, they are signing a prenuptial agreement. However, they are likely mistaken. Religious agreements, such as Ketubahs and Mahrs, often (and likely) contradict California law on prenuptial agreements.
Reprinted from the January 9, 2019, Los Angeles Daily Journal, Marlo Van Oorschot’s and Cara Boroda’s article titled “Is the California Family Code going to the dogs?” explores the new statute about pets in a divorce, often referred to as pet custody. Download Pets in Divorce here
For years we’ve heard about “Helicopter Parents”, a style of parenting many feel is the overprotection of children, perhaps to the detriment of children as they mature into adults. When I was a child, I don’t remember a label being placed on my parents’ “style” of parenting. In fact, I do not think they even knew what their style was … Continued
The decision to file for divorce is not just a legal action—a lawsuit—but also a deeply personal and important decision. In fact, it may arguably be one of the most monumental decisions a person may make in their entire life. Thus, it is not surprising that many people delay the act of filing for divorce. Some people may be in … Continued
For individuals going through a divorce, or for those just contemplating a divorce, one of the big questions often posed by clients to divorce attorneys, as well as by prospective clients, is “should I file a joint return this year with my spouse”?
On Thursday, March 15, 2018, the New York Post broke the news that Donald Trump Jr., and his wife, Vanessa Trump, are heading their separate ways after 12 years of marriage and five children, ranging in age from 10 years old to 3 years old. The couple alleged in a joint statement that their decision to divorce was not acrimonious, … Continued
Family law cases are fluid and dynamic. The cases are influenced by a variety of constantly changing factors, some simple like the child’s age; some more complicated by the loss of a job, a promotion, or the receipt of a significant bonus. Yet, while life may change during and after a family law proceeding, what cannot change–without either a written … Continued
The recent sweeping tax law, signed by President Donald Trump, known as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), among other things disposed of the 75-year-old tax deduction for the payment of alimony (also known as spousal support). The deductibility of alimony paid by a spouse meant the recipient of alimony was to pay taxes on the receipt of this money. … Continued